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Amarnath Samiti agree to hold talks for solution

india Updated: Aug 19, 2008 22:52 IST
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The group spearheading the Amarnath agitation in Jammu region agreed to hold talks with a panel set up the Governor in a bid to find a solution, days after it spurned an offer for negotiations.

"We have agreed to hold talks," Dr Nagendra Singh, a spokesman of the Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangarash Samiti(SAYSS) told PTI in Jammu after the state government renewed its invitation to the group for commencing a dialogue to evolve an amicable solution on all the "core issues".

The Samiti however said there will be no let up in their over month-long agitation saying it would continue till August 25 even as tens of thousands of protestors courted arrest in Jammu.

It has been pressing for the revocation of the order cancelling Amarnath land transfer.

A Raj Bhavan spokesman said in Srinagar that a communication for talks with the four-member panel headed by Governor N N Vohra's Advisor S S Bloeria was sent to convenor of SAYSS Leela Karan Sharma on Monday.

As desired by the Samiti, the spokesman said a five-point agenda has been proposed for discussions.

The agenda includes working out an arrangment for the use of 800 kanals of land at Baltal-Domail by the Shrine Board during the period of Yatra and assessment of the total requirement of land by the Shrine Board and the existing availability at various locations.

A mechanism for retaining overall responsibility for Yatra arrangements by the Shrine Board, without any dilution of its role; reconstitution of the Amarnath Shrine Board and role and duties of the Shrine Board in terms of the provisions laid down in Section 16 of the J&K Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board Act and further stregthening the functioning of the Board will be also on the agenda, the spokesman said.